Letter: Trump's racism could lead to violence

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To the editor:

"Go back where you came from!"

That cruel taunt has been hurled at African-Americans, Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans, Polish-Americans, what-ever-country-you-want-Americans for generations. Now the current occupant of the White House has joined this obscene chorus by targeting four members of the United States House of Representatives. Where is your shame, Republican members of Congress? Or are you once again going to roll over and tolerate the venomous hate and racism spewing forth from the leader of your party?

I grew up on the white side of the color line in the Jim Crow South and know full well how toxic this sort of rhetoric is — brutal acts of violence frequently followed in the wake of these sentiments expressed by political leaders. If you don't believe me, look up South Carolina Governor "Pitchfork Ben" Tillman's "Lynching Pledge."

If what Abraham Lincoln (he was a Republican, too, remember?) referred to as "the better angels of our nature" is truly moribund in the GOP, we will know soon enough.

Charles B. Dew,

Williamstown

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